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Boys Basketball Season Preview

Boys Basketball Season Preview

Nate Ankenbauer, Sports Reporter

December 21, 2019

Coach Sam Stroh and the varsity boys basketball team have tipped off their season in the Hays City Shootout, placing third out of eight teams.  They started their season off with a 59 to 35 win over Millwood, Oklahoma. The win booked them a trip to the semifinals where they would play Manhattan. ...

Hy-Vee closing affects student employees

Hy-Vee closing affects student employees

Vivian Moriarty, Reporter

December 16, 2019

With students constantly searching for a means to make money, many joined the Hy-Vee staff for its convenient location and supportive team. In light of its closing, former employees are now stressing about how to support themselves financially.  “The close has definitely taken a mental toll on me with the st...

News Brief: Board meeting on delayed start time

News Brief: Board meeting on delayed start time

Isis Norris, Editor

December 11, 2019

At the December 9 board meeting, administration voted on an additional option for students to start their school day at 9:00 a.m. in the 2020-21 school year.  This new option is in addition to the current 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. start times. Arriving at either 8:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m., students would be...

Photo Gallery: A Chorus Line

Photo Gallery: A Chorus Line

Maya Pavlyak and Emma Hardesty, Photo Editor and Photographer

December 2, 2019

Photo Gallery: Improv Night

Photo Gallery: Improv Night

Baya Burgess and Isabel Janssen, Photographer

November 12, 2019

Young Democrats Club promotes voter education

Young Democrats Club promotes voter education

Brooke Burgess, Reporter

November 12, 2019

Students this year are more involved in politics than ever before. The Young Democrats Club gives them the opportunity to discuss local and national elections, as well as contemporary issues such as climate change. Senior Charles Johnson, a club officer, anticipates the club being far different from l...

Administration releases new dress code

Sabrina Castle, Editor-in-Chief

November 11, 2019

On November 7, USD 497 Board of Education released an updated dress code draft. More lenient than past policies, the administration seeks to define more open guidelines of appropriate attire.  According to the outline made public by email, the board intends to “support of the district’s focus on...

Photo Gallery: Trunk or Treat

Photo Gallery: Trunk or Treat

Isis Norris, Maya Pavlyak, and Emma Hardesty, Photo Editor, Photo Editor, and Photographer

November 5, 2019

Dispelling Myths About Witchcraft

Dispelling Myths About Witchcraft

Zanna Ingram, Reporter

November 1, 2019

In past decades, a common theme in pop culture has been stories depicting  witchcraft. Years of movies, television shows, music and fashion surrounding Wiccan culture have led to a multitude of stigmas. From the Salem Witch Trials to the Wicked Witch of the West, society’s perception of magic ...

Photo Gallery: Gymnastics

Photo Gallery: Gymnastics

Elana Ho, Photographer

October 30, 2019

Discussion of In-School Racism 2019

Discussion of In-School Racism 2019

Sabrina Castle, Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2019

Next meeting: November 7

Movie Review: Joker

Movie Review: Joker

Anthony Barberena, Reporter

October 28, 2019

First teased last April, the film "Joker" has since been surrounded by extreme curiosity from movie enthusiasts. The movie serves as an origin story for the classic Batman villain, following a failed stand-up comedian who turns to crime after being crushed by society. Director Todd Phillip describes the...

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